Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Specialist of the Week; Nick Green, Cobra Expert

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Specialist of the Week; Nick Green, Cobra Expert

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Byline: MARTIN BUCKLEY

COBRA specialist Nick Green bought his first example of AC's legendary sports car in 1970 with a friend, just after prices had bottomed out at just under [pound]1,000: the cars would peak in the Eighties at [pound]180,000-[pound]190,000.

Green got a taste for Cobras while working as a freelance spanner-man in London's mews garages in the Sixties.

"Insurance wasn't a problem in those days because the insurers didn't know what they were," he said. Green's car, which he still owns, is one of the more "common" - but in the opinion of many experts more pleasant - 4.7-litre models rather than the immodest 7-litre with its bulging, macho arches, which has been the inspiration for dozens of replicas.

Through the Seventies, Green used the Cobra for sprints, races and hillclimbs.

He still holds one hill-climb record from a now defunct event near Reading that was stopped a year later because of safety problems. …

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